St. John’s Cathedral Wedding

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. (CCC, 1660)

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life, (CCC, 1661)

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC, 1662)

Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful. (CCC, 1663)

The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity. (CCC, 1666)

Wedding Preparation Policy & Forms

Below you will find the Cathedral’s Wedding Policy and Forms necessary for the planning of your Wedding. These materials were updated on February 20, 2012 to reflect the new translation of the Roman Missal, third edition.

Wedding Policy & Preparation Booklet (Complete Document)

The following is this same preparation booklet, divided into smaller portions for ease in downloading (if necessary):

Wedding Policy & Preparation Booklet (Part I)
Policy Information

Please note that fees are not discounted if preparation takes place outside of the Cathedral parish.

Wedding Policy & Preparation Booklet (Part II)
Prayers & Readings (with Commentary)

Frequently Asked Questions about Weddings

Individual Documents:

Wedding Liturgy Planning Sheet
This document is used to record your Wedding Party, Readings, Prayers, and other Liturgical Ministers.

Universal Prayers (General Intercessions)
Each couple has the opportunity to personalize the Universal Prayers. Please note that you MUST submit attached to an email and received prior to your appointment with the Priest, Deacon or Director of Liturgy to prepare the liturgy for your wedding.

Affidavit: Freedom to Marry
This document is used when an Affidavit is necessary or required by your Priest or Lay Minister preparing you for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Ushers’/Ministers of Hospitality Responsibilities
This document explains the responsibilities of your Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality.

Videographer/Photographer Guidelines
This document assist those who will video record or photo your wedding.

Music for Your Wedding

The following pages or documents contain information about music for your wedding:
Frequently Asked Questions about Wedding Music & Musicians (.pdf document)
Sample Wedding Music (page on our website)

Order of Worship:
Sample Order of Worship (within Eucharist/Mass)
Sample Order of Worship (outside the celebration of Eucharist/Mass)

The Cathedral Atrium

Is the Atrium available for Receptions? With regret, the Atrium is not available for wedding receptions.

Is the Atrium available for rehearsal dinners? Yes, the Atrium is available for wedding rehearsal dinners. The fee for this service is $250, plus a mandatory Property and Liability insurance policy of $95. This insurance policy is required by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and purchased through the Cathedral.

The fee of $250 covers the event with an hour (1) to set-up, two (2) hours for the dinner and thirty (30) minutes to clean-up following the dinner. Also, tables and chairs for your dinner guests and serving tables; access to the kitchen for water; and a staff member on-site to open and close the Atrium and be available during the event in case of an emergency.

Should you wish more information about the Atrium rental, contact Helen Gadbois at 414/276-9814.

For information about scheduling your wedding or clarification of the Cathedral’s Wedding Preparation Policy, contact Barbara Kowalewski, Administrative Assistant or Scott Eakins, Director of Liturgy at 414/276-9814.


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